If you were watching the Super Bowl last Sunday, you might have noticed that the CBS anchors seemed a little off their game during the blackout. Well, have no fear — ‘Saturday Night Live‘ noticed too.
In this week’s cold open, the SNL cast took the television station to task, mocking the repetitive and downright boring sports coverage during the nearly 35-minute blackout in the Superdome.
“Another 15 minutes?” anchor Shannon Sharpe, played by Jay Pharoah, said when notified of the continuing blackout. “That’s what they said 15 minutes ago! Don’t make us watch those first half highlights again. I can’t watch those again!”
“We did a six-hour pre-game,” Coach Bill Cowher, played by Tim Robinson, said. “What more is there to say?”
The CBS anchors give endless plugs for the CBS show ‘Two Broke Girls,’ explain what player a team might eat first to survive the blackout and delve into sensitive topics, such as Dan Marino’s love child and the Ray Lewis murder case. And the CBS research team isn’t much help, providing anagrams of the players’ names for Jerry Brown, played by Kenan Thompson, to read on the air.
Watch the hilarious and spot-on cold open: